Date
19 September 2017
Jimmy Lai and Denise Ho (Inset) are led away after being arrested Thursday for illegal assembly. They were released the next morning without being charged. Photos: SocRec
Jimmy Lai and Denise Ho (Inset) are led away after being arrested Thursday for illegal assembly. They were released the next morning without being charged. Photos: SocRec

Lai, Ho emerge tired but none the worse for wear

Media tycoon Jimmy Lai looked stoic while pop singer Denise Ho chose her words when they faced the media Friday moments after being released from police custody.

Neither was charged after being held overnight following their arrest Thursday during a police clearing of the Admiralty protest site.

Lai had no comment when he was asked by reporters about his arrest as he emerged from the Kwai Chung police station.

He had resigned as chairman of his flagship Apple Daily a day earlier. He will be succeeded by executive director Ip Yut-kin.

Meanwhile, Ho said she needs to think about whether to run in the 2016 Legislatve Council election.

However, she said she might help campaign for a “new generation” party, according to Ming Pao Daily.

Lai and Ho were among dozens arrested Thursday for illegal assembly.

In a final show of defiance, Ho shouted “I want genuine universal suffrage” and “Civil disobedience with no fear” as she was being led away.

Lai calmly went with two policemen who held him by both arms, smiling at a cameraman as he passed.

Most of the others yielded without a fight, including senior academics Chow Po-chung, Hui Po-keung and Chen Yun-chung.

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